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The Marine’s Hymn

American Marine Corps Song

The Marine's Hymn is the anthem of the United States Marine Corps. It is the oldest official song of the U.S. military. Sung in a position of attention, the lyrics proudly recall the innumerable martial feats of the Corps, from their victories in Tripoli during the Barbary Wars to their capture of Chapultepec Castle in the Mexican American War; the halls of Montezuma.

While the origin of the Marine's Hymn is not certain, it is easily recognized as one of the most patriotic American songs in English choral. It is here sung by the Sun Harbor Chorus.

Listen to The Marine's Hymn


From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country’s battles,
In the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean.
We are proud to claim the title,
Of United States Marine.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze,
From dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in ev’ry clime and place,
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off Northern lands,
And in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job,
The United States Marines.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps,
Which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we’ve fought for life,
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy,
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded,
By United States Marines.

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Raising the flag over Iwo Jima

U.S. Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima in WWII

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